Submissions by Pamela Kleiman of Connington Farm
Although most days were still pretty chilly, it was good to get out and see how the veld had greened up, to see the Spring flowers starting and to see some of the migrant birds returning
A view looking down the D450 valley
I enjoyed seeing the first of the Spring flowers. In low lying wet areas there were sheets of Tulbachia natalensis
A small farm dam covered in pink water lilies
I was focusing on a flight of different swallows one day when I noticed one that was flying very slowly. I zoomed in on it only to discover it was a Bearded Vulture flying very high over my cottage on Connington farm!
Some of the other special birds I managed to photograph were :-
The first pair of Pin-tailed Whydahs I had seen for the season
A Secretarybird very close to home
On a very cold and damp morning there were 4 young Southern Bald Ibis sitting in a tree
This African Harrier-hawk landed right next to the road as I drove past
Two Red-necked Spurfowl came out of a swampy area – a first for me in KZN
Not an awful lot to report for this area, but it was good to see the Banded Martin had returned and to see a couple of African Bald Ibis close to the side of the road in the Hlatikulu reserve.
Southern Bald Ibis – I was interested to see the comparison of the adults and the young birds (shown in the Kamberg report above)